Legends Rule at Wimbledon
Roger Federer, Serena Williams are champions again
The Wimbledon Championship, played in London, England, is one of the most prestigious events in professional tennis. And over the weekend, two tennis legends once again claimed Wimbledon titles.
Roger Federer defeated Andy Murray in four sets (4-6, 7-5, 6-3, 64) to win his seventh men's singles Wimbledon championship. On the women's side, Serena Williams defeated Agnieszka Radwanska in three sets (6-1, 5-7, 6-2) to win her fifth women's singles Wimbledon title.
The women's championship was awarded on Saturday, followed by the men's championship on Sunday.
Both finals matches had their share of excitement.
In the men's final, Federer was playing to keep up his Wimbledon dominance. But for Murray, who is British, the match was about trying to win the first Wimbledon championship Great Britain has seen since 1936.
Murray got off to a spectacular start, winning the first two games handily. Federer stormed back, winning the next three games to take the 3-2 lead. But Murray bounced back to win the set, 6-4. It was the first set he has won in a major tournament.
Both players served fantastically in the first set, and that continued into the second. Murray and Federer went back and forth, using all of their creativity and athleticism to win points. Although he missed many open opportunities, Federer closed the set with a beautiful chip shot, winning 7-5.
He never looked back. Federer took the next two sets and the men's championship. It was first Wimbledon title in three years and his 17th Grand Slam title overall.
The victory makes Federer the top-ranked player in the world. And some say he's now the best all time.
"This year I guess I decided in the bigger matches to take it more to my opponent instead of waiting a bit more for the mistakes," Federer said. "Yeah, this is I guess how you want to win Wimbledon, is by going after your shots, believing you can do it, and that's what I was able to do today."
The women's championship was just as exciting.
Serena Williams jumped all over Agnieszka Radwanska in the first set. Williams used her dominating served to her advantage to cruise to an easy 6-1 victory.
Williams' dominance continued in the second set. But Radwanska roared back to win the set 7-5.
Radwanska continued piling on Williams in the third set, but Williams regained her focus and began pounding her opponent with deadly serves. She won the fourth game in the set entirely off of aces! From that point on, Williams never looked back. She took command of the set, winning it 6-2, and claiming her fifth Wimbledon championship.
But for as easy as it seemed, Williams' victory was no walk in the park. It took everything she had to defeat Radwanska.
"I was praying, like I can't take any more. I've endured enough," Williams said following her victory. "Let me be able to get through this."
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